How to Dissolve Yeast

When making bread, pastries, pizza dough, or any other baked goods requiring the addition of yeast, it is important to dissolve the yeast properly so that it functions as needed. There are several different methods that can be used, depending on what you're making and your own preference.


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    Dissolve the yeast with sugar. This is the most common method used by home bakers.
    • Add the yeast to a bowl with a little sugar.
    • Add a little warm water.
    • Leave the mixture to prove for a few minutes.
    • Add the yeast mixture to the other ingredients and knead, rise, and bake as directed.
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    Use the quick-mix method. This fast method is suitable for yeast breads apart from those that will sit overnight or soured loaves. It can only be used with granulated freeze-dried yeast.
    • Place the granulated dried yeast into the flour with all other ingredients, including the liquid, at the same time.
    • Ensure that the temperature of the liquid is a little higher, as this will help to both dissolve the yeast and distribute it through the dough.
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    Make a yeast sponge. This method is useful for giving the dough a stronger, more sour flavor. It works as follows:
    • Dissolve the yeast in a little warm water.
    • Add enough flour to it to make a sponge.
    • Leave the yeast sponge to prove over several hours. It can even be left overnight.
    • Add the other ingredients and knead the dough. Leave to rise as usual.


  • Temperatures for dissolving yeast:
    • Lukewarm for cake or compressed yeast – 30ºC / 85ºF
    • A little warmer for active dry yeast – 45ºC / 115ºF but no warmer.
  • Add fat to the ingredients only after a little flour has been added to the yeast liquid. Otherwise the fat will slow down the action. The best method is blending the yeast into the flour, then working in the fat.


  • Do not cream cake or compressed yeast with sugar. The sugar slows down the action of the yeast. Instead, add the balance of the liquid to the dissolved yeast and then add the sugar if it is used, and pour it all into the flour.

Things You'll Need

  • Yeast
  • Mixing bowls
  • Kneading surface
  • Bread, pastry, etc., recipe

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